Israel is in the hand of the Philistines.
Judges 13:1 And the chyldren of Israell began agayne to commytte wyckednes in the sight of the Lord. And the Lord delyuered them into the handes of the Philistines fourty yere.
An angel appeareth to Manoah's wife.
Judges 13:2 And ther was a man in Zaraah of the kynred of Dan, named Manoah, whose wyfe was barren, and bare not. Judges 13:3 And the Aungell of the Lorde apeared vnto the woman: and sayde vnto her: Beholde, thou art barren, and bearest not: But thou shalt conceaue, & beare a sonne. Judges 13:4 And now beware þt thou drinke no wyne. ner strong drincke, nether eate any vncleane thing: Judges 13:5 for se, thou shalt conceaue and beare a sonne. And there may no rasor come on hys heed. For the ladd shalbe an abstayner vnto God, euen from his byrth. And he shall begynne to delyuer Israell out of the handes of the Phylistines.
Judges 13:6 Then the wyfe came, & tolde her husband sayenge: a man of God came vnto me, & the fassion of him was lyke the fassion of an Angell of God, excedyng fearfull. But I asked hym not whence he was, nether tolde he me hys name, but sayd vnto me: Judges 13:7 beholde, thou shalt be with childe & beere a sonne, and now drincke no wyne nor strong dryncke, nether eate any vncleane thyng: for the ladd shalbe an abstayner to God, euen from hys byrth, to the daye of hys death.
The angel appeareth to Manoah.
Judges 13:8 Then Manoah made intercessyon to the Lorde, and sayde: I praye the my Lorde, lett the man of God whych thou sendest, come once moare vnto vs, and teache vs what we shal do vnto the ladd, when he is borne. Judges 13:9 And God hearde the voyce of Manoah, and the angell of God came agayne vnto the wyfe as she sat in the felde. But Manoah her husband was not with her. Judges 13:10 And the wyfe made hast, and ranne, and shewed her husbande, & sayde vnto hym: Beholde, the man apeared vnto me, that came vnto me to daye. Judges 13:11 And Manoah arose, and went after hys wyfe, and came to the man, and sayde vnto him: art thou the man that spakest vnto my wyfe? And he sayde: I am. Judges 13:12 Manoah sayde: now when thy saieng is come to passe: what shalbe the maner of the childe, and what shall he do? Judges 13:13 And the angell of the Lorde sayd vnto Manoah: thy wyfe must absteyne from all that I sayde vnto her: Judges 13:14 she maye eate of nothyng þt cometh of the vyne tree, ner dryncke wyne or strong dryncke, nor eate any vncleane thynge: But must obserue all that I bad her.
Manoah's sacrifice, whereby the angel is discovered.
Judges 13:15 Manoah sayde vnto the aungell of the Lord: we wyl kepe the styll, vntyll we haue made redye a kydd, and haue sett it before the. Judges 13:16 And the angell of the Lorde sayde vnto Manoah: though thou make me abyde. I wyll not eate of thy bread. And yf thou wylt offre a burntoffring, thou must offer it vnto the Lorde. For Manoah wist not, that it was an angell of the Lord. Judges 13:17 And Manoah said agayne vnto the angel of þe Lord: what is thy name, that when thy sayinge is come to passe, we maye do the some worshyppe? Judges 13:18 And the angel of the Lorde sayd vnto hym: why askest thou after my name, whych is Secrete. Judges 13:19 And so Manoah toke a kydde wt a meateofferinge, and offered it vpon a rocke vnto þe Lorde. And the angell dyd wonderouslye. Manoah and hys wyfe lokynge vpon. Judges 13:20 And when the flame came vp toward heauen from the aultare, the angell of the Lord ascended vp in the flame of the aultare. And Manoah and hys wyfe loked vpon it, and fell flat on their faces vnto the grounde. Judges 13:21 But the angel of the Lorde dyd nomoare apeare vnto Manoah and his wife. And then Manoah knew that it was an angel of the Lorde, Judges 13:22 and sayde vnto hys wyfe we shall suerlye dye, because we haue sene God. Judges 13:23 But his wife said vnto him: Yf þe Lord wold kyll vs, he wolde not haue receaued a burntoffryng & a meateoffring of oure handes, nether wolde he haue shewed vs all these thinges, nor wolde now haue tolde vs any soche.
Samson is born.
Judges 13:24 And the wyfe bare a sonne, and called his name Samson. And the ladd grewe, and the Lorde blessed hym. Judges 13:25 And þe sprete of þe Lorde beganne to moue hym in the host of Dan, betwene Zaraah & Esthaol.